A flotilla of over a thousand vessels sailed down the Thames this afternoon, one of the many events for the Queens's Diamond Jubilee, a celebration of her 60 year reign. I suppose the monarchy is offensive to democratic values etc as these protesters say, but I quite enjoy the show and watch for the pomp & circumstance. God Save the Queen!
As for the actual governing, well that's a different subject altogether, but this quote from the Times of London (2010) gives a glimpse into that world:
It is most odd, said my friend, a Frenchman now living, like most sensible Frenchmen, in London. “Your country has given birth to twins. This Cameron and Clegg, he is the same person, no? They are both, how you say, posh?”
“Yes,” I explained. “But they are different sorts of posh.”
He looked confused: “But both went to private school, both are rich, both are sons of financiers. Even the hair is similar.”
“True,” I conceded. “But they are not the same species of posh. David Cameron is Eton-Oxford-country-clubby-cutglass-shooting party sort of posh, whereas Nick Clegg is Westminster-Cambridge-metropolitan-foreign-glottalstop-trustfund sort of posh. Cameron is upper-upper-middle class with a dash of English gentry, but Clegg is middle-upper-middle class with a hint of European aristocracy. These are quite different things.”